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Heritage brand Stone-Dri Launch first collection since the 60’s

The Manchester-based brand, Stone-Dri, are back with their first collection since the 1960’s. Despite the lengthy hiatus, the new collection sits confidently amongst other contemporary brands. The Autumn/Winter ’11 collection, clearly pays great attention to the importance of functionality, utility and comfort using traditional outerwear fabrics such as blended wools and waxed cottons in a masculine colour pallet of gun metal, burgundy, …

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LauraHeritage brand Stone-Dri Launch first collection since the 60’s
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Alexander McQueen 2011 Fall/Winter Collection

I absolutely love the latest collection from the British fashion house Alexander McQueen. Overall they have created a minimal but elegant collection. A few of my favourite pieces include the beautiful Prince of Wales check suit, the Fair Isle Jacquard knit button-up, and a cashmere turtle neck featuring the McQueen skull on the front. They also have a few more …

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LauraAlexander McQueen 2011 Fall/Winter Collection
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Adidas Originals by Originals James Bond for David Beckham 2011 Fall/Winter

Adidas have rolled out the much anticipated third installment of the popular David Beckham / Design by J. Bond collection for Fall/Winter 2011. The collaboration between sport and style icon David Beckham and Undefeated founder James Bond has been widely celebrated in the past, and will yet again see a contemporary range of footwear, outerwear, and accessories. Much of the …

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LauraAdidas Originals by Originals James Bond for David Beckham 2011 Fall/Winter
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Final Uniqlo +J collection Lookbook

A few weeks we announced that the upcoming fall/winter +J collection for Uniqlo would be the last. The lookbook is now out, and I have to say this is possibly the strongest collection yet. There has undeniably been plenty of hype surrounding this final collection, but I can’t get enough of the contrasting colors, linear cuts and the mix of …

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LauraFinal Uniqlo +J collection Lookbook
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Introducing Avelon: AW’11 collection

With summer days numbered, we have been looking at some of the trends we expect to see this coming fall/winter. One trend that continues to stand out for us, is the focus on the ratio between the softness and volume of garments. Expect to see everything from slick tailored pieces juxtapose with slouchy long cardigans to skinny jeans and warm …

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LauraIntroducing Avelon: AW’11 collection
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Esemplare Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection

The rain is back and although I hope this is not it for Summer, I can’t help but be a bit excited for cooler days, drinks in country pubs next to roaring fires…. and of course knitwear. Okay, Okay I am obsessed I know, but if we have to suffer through months of dark rainy weather, we should at least …

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LauraEsemplare Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection

The Commuter by Levi’s

In May, Levis introduced the Commuter line. The latest collection aimed specifically at cyclists. In order to highlight the features of this groundbreaking product they have created a short video dubbed The Commuter. The moving background sets the tone, as we see the different features of the jeans in action. These technical jeans are surprisingly affordable and a great purchase …

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LauraThe Commuter by Levi’s
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Behind the Seams with Joseph Abboud & Hart Schaffner Marx

Hart Schaffner Marx have launched their Fall/Winter 2011 collection, with a great short video featuring Joseph Abboud as he takes the viewer behind the scenes of collection photo shoot. I have been a big fan of Abboud’s classic yet sophisticated design for some time now, so was quite excited to see what he has in store for this coming season. …

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LauraBehind the Seams with Joseph Abboud & Hart Schaffner Marx
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Dockers Alpha Khakis present: The Blind Barber

Dockers have been doing a great job re-brand themselves recently, proving they are no longer just for your dad. The latest product to join their line-up is the Alpha Khaki. To celebrate the launch Dockers have partnered with the New York barbershop, The Blind Barber. Despite the fact they have only been open for a year, they have developed a …

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LauraDockers Alpha Khakis present: The Blind Barber
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Final Uniqlo +J collection

Last month Uniqlo and Jil Sander’s announced that this upcoming fall/winter +J collection will be the last. The two parties have agreed to terminate their relationship which saw the line bring Sander’s classic minimalism to the mass market. As a result there is bound to be plenty of anticipation surrounding the concluding collection, and if the first look is anything …

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LauraFinal Uniqlo +J collection
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Topman LENS 2011 Fall/Winter Collection

The weather over the last few weeks has hardly been summer like, so it is some what appropriate that Topman LENS has just unveiled their Fall/Winter 2011 lookbook. Staring Yannick Abrath and shot by photographer Ben Weller, the collection features a wide range of styles from designers including J.W. Anderson, Dusty, Daniel Jackson, Uniforms for the Dedicated, New Power Studio …

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LauraTopman LENS 2011 Fall/Winter Collection
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Port 1961 SS 2012

This past week at Milan fashion week, Ports 1961 showcased their incredible SS 2012 collection. The second men’s collection from Ports 1961 was very polished and tailored, as one would expect, drawing on the spirit of Classicism. Taking inspiration from the clean forms and elongated silhouettes found in the master-works of Brancusi. The collection focused on a slim and fitted …

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Lyle & Scott A/W 2011 collection

If you live in the UK, you will have no doubt be familiar with Lyle & Scott and their distinctive yellow eagle logo. Lyle & Scott have spent 130 years honing their unique take on British casual sportswear, using traditional materials such as cashmere. The brand that was once synonymous with golfers, has however managed to stay current and their …

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LauraLyle & Scott A/W 2011 collection
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PRESENT London Summer 2011 Collection

A few months ago I stumbled into the amazing Present store in Shoreditch, and quickly fell in love with their collection. That love was totally reignited when I saw their lookbook which highlights their current summer 2011 collection. As the release says “The Knitwear is produced in Scotland using local wools complemented by handmade Shirting produced using the finest British …

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LauraPRESENT London Summer 2011 Collection
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Burberry Autumn 2011 Campaign Looks

It hardly feels as though we have had a summer, but Burberry have already unveiled their Autumn 2011 campaign looks. Featuring a number of British actors, models and musicians, Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey, stated he was “inspired by iconic British portraits and our own archive campaigns from the late 1960s of Jean Shrimpton using her trench coat to shelter …

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LauraBurberry Autumn 2011 Campaign Looks
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Custom tailored shirts for less from Solosso

There is nothing like having a custom tailored shirt, and now you can get one without having to break the bank down on Savile Row. Solosso innovative website allows shoppers to design their own eco-friendly custom dress shirts online. Dedicated to traditional, quality craftsmanship,they aim to provide high quality, stylishly tailored custom dress shirts for men at an affordable price. …

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LauraCustom tailored shirts for less from Solosso
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From the North with Love by Stussy

Here is another collection I wish was available in the UK. Stussy Canada has drawn upon the history of the West Coast and the First Nations culture there, to create a special capsule dubbed “From the North with Love.” The collection includes tees, sweats and special woven shirts which represent the perfect layering components for Canadian weather. Unfortunately for us …

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LauraFrom the North with Love by Stussy
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Opening Ceremony x Warriors of Radness “Beach Crew!” collection

I love the fresh, day- faded pastels of Opening Ceremony x Warriors of Radness “Beach Crew!” Collection. However, that said I can’t help but feel these shorts will only work on super skinny model types. Unlike some, I have no issues with men wearing shorts… but it is all about the length, and well short shorts just aren’t a good …

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LauraOpening Ceremony x Warriors of Radness “Beach Crew!” collection
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Cape Madras long sleeve summer shirts

Cape Madras have just released their “perfect summer attire” longsleeve shirt. I know those are two words you don’t usually see together, however Madras insists it is made from “the best warm weather fabric ever created.” The fabric apparently has a great history behind it and gets its name from the “English name of the city of Chennai, India with …

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LauraCape Madras long sleeve summer shirts